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How To Make Amagwinya?

What is Amagwinya?

Amagwinya is a traditional South African snack that dates back to the 1800s. It’s made of deep-fried dough filled with savoury or sweet fillings, and it can be served as an appetizer, side dish or even dessert. Amagwinyas are popular all over South Africa but they’re especially beloved in Gauteng Province where they originated.

Ingredients Needed to Make Amagwinya

To make your own amagwinyas you’ll need white bread flour, yeast, salt, sugar, butter and warm water. For the filling you can use anything from mincemeat to cheese – get creative! You’ll also need oil for deep frying the amagwinyas once they’ve been formed.

How To Make The Dough

Start by mixing together three cups of bread flour with one teaspoon of salt and two teaspoons of sugar in a bowl. In a separate cup dissolve one teaspoon of active dry yeast in half a cup of warm water then add it to the bowl along with four tablespoons melted butter. Knead everything together until it forms into a smooth ball then cover it with plastic wrap and let it rise for about an hour at room temperature before using it again later on when making the amagwinayas themselves.

Forming Your Amawigyna

Once your dough has risen divide it into small pieces (depending on how large or small you want your finished product). Take each piece and roll them out flat either using your hands or rolling pin until they’re thin enough that you can see through them when holding them up against light source such as window pane – this will help ensure uniform shape when cooking later on. Place spoonfuls of whatever filling you chose onto these flattened circles then fold over each side so that they meet in center forming semi circle shapes resembling empanadas which should now look like crescent moons (traditional shape for amawigynas). Seal edges slightly by pressing down firmly around edge so no air pockets remain which could cause them burst open during frying process later on .

Frying Your Amawigynas


Heat oil either stovetop pot electric fryer till its hot enough 375 degrees Fahrenheit/190 Celsius temp test drop little bit dough if bubbles form immediately without burning means ready start adding batches few at time depending size not overcrowd pan cook both sides golden brown color remove drain paper towel plate serve while still hot enjoy!

Serving Suggestions For Your Homemade Amawigynas


If serving as main course accompaniment can choose any variety starch such rice mashed potatoes steamed vegetables etc accompany meal savory dipping sauces such chutney sour cream salsa guacamole etc if looking more dessert style treat opt sweeter fillings cinnamon apples raisins nutella chocolate hazelnut spread ice cream scoops dust powdered sugar top off however way decide go know will delicious addition dinner table friends family sure love !

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